The shooting, which happened in the Pinewood Avenue area of the town this afternoon, saw the victim rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“This is an appalling act, particularly as it was carried out in broad daylight in a residential area,” said Mr Dickson.
“Guns have no place on our streets and despicable actions of this nature have absolutely no place in our society. Those behind this incident do not speak for the community and I appeal for calm following it.
“If anyone has information on this incident, I would ask they pass it to police immediately.”